Browns 2023 NFL mock draft: Mike Morris kicks off 7-round mock
By Randy Gurzi
Even with a win over the Ravens this weekend, the Cleveland Browns don’t have much hope of making the playoffs. Instead, they look to play spoiler, which is what they did to Baltimore as they knocked them out of first place in the AFC North.
In addition to upsetting rivals, Cleveland needs to evaluate their roster and decide where improvements need to be made. Here, we try and make some of those improvements with our latest 2023 NFL Mock Draft.
Browns mock draft Round 2: Mike Morris, EDGE, Michigan
Jadeveon Clowney is a free agent this offseason and with the Browns being close to the salary cap ceiling, they might elect to look elsewhere. Alex Wright has been a good rotational player but he might not be ready to be a full-time starter. Even if he is, there will be no depth behind him and Myles Garrett in such a scenario.
That’s why the first pick in this mock draft is used on Mike Morris from Michigan. Morris is well-built for the position at 6-foot-6 and 278-pounds and has been a rising star this season.
Entering 2022 with just a half-sack to his name, he’s recorded 7.5 this year. He’s also excellent against the run and very disciplined. Adding him will give Cleveland two capable players to pair with Garrett.
Browns mock draft Round 3: Warren McClendon, OT, Georgia
Jack Conklin continues to say he wants to stay in Cleveland but the Browns aren’t loaded with cap space. That means it would take quite the sacrifice on Conklin’s part to return.
In the end, that might not happen, which would mean James Hudson is in line to start in 2023. He did much better in the first two weeks of this season than he did as a rookie but there’s no reason to bank on him being the answer. That’s why Warren McClendon from Georgia is the selection in Round 3.
A 6-foot-4, 300-pounder, McClendon has been a starter on the right side for the Bulldogs and has more than held his own. He’s often overshadowed by Broderick Jones, but he too has the makings of an NFL starter.